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Tri-agency Harmonization Scholarships Liaison Officers Working Group


The Tri-agency Harmonization Scholarships Liaison Officers Working Group (SLO Working Group) provides advice to the agencies—the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)—on matters related to implementing and delivering the Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s (CGS M) program and the Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral (CGS D) program. The SLO Working Group may also address the implementation and delivery of other tri-agency initiatives and harmonized programs, such as the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program and the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program.

The mandate of the SLO Working Group is to provide the agencies with

  • independent, expert advice on operational and policy aspects related to tri-agency harmonized programs and processes
  • feedback on how tri-agency harmonized processes impact applicants and institution staff


The scope of the SLO Working Group is to provide advice and feedback on the implementation and delivery of harmonized tri-agency programs and processes. This includes elements such as tri-agency CGS program forms, the Tri-agency research training award holder’s guide, various CGS program deadlines and the timing of various aspects of tri-agency program delivery. The scope does not include fundamental aspects of how the scholarships and fellowships programs are designed, such as selection committee membership, evaluation criteria, or weightings or rules for applicant references.


Name Institution, province
Deirdre Coburn University of Lethbridge, Alberta
Fong Di Caterina University of Toronto, Ontario
Marie Hawkins University of Windsor, Ontario
Justin Holme The University of British Columbia, British Columbia
Joanie Lavoie Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Quebec
Heather Lukey University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan
Paula Menzies The University of Western Ontario, Ontario
Michelle Nowlan Université de Moncton, New Brunswick
Diane Rodier Université de Montréal, Quebec
Marie-Claude Bergeron Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Quebec
Allison Whately-Doucet Lakehead University, Ontario

The SLO Working Group is composed of scholarships liaison officers or the fellowships equivalent from various institutions across Canada, and it is chaired by a representative from one of the three agencies.

The agencies will make reasonable attempts to ensure that membership reflects the diversity of the institutions they serve.

SLO Working Group members serve a term of 12 months with the option of renewal.

If you are interested in participating in the SLO Working Group, contact us at